In the ancient German province of Westphalia
, the surname Towb evolved. It is a nickname
, a style of hereditary surname that developed out of the traditional German eke-names, that identified people by naming them after a physical characteristic or other identifiable trait. Towb is a name for a mild and gentle person. The name was originally derived from the Old German word tuba, and German tube, which meant pigeon or dove. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.
Early Origins of the Towb family
The surname Towb was first found in Westphalia
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Towb family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Towb research.Another 401 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1638, 1594, 1659, 1676, 1572, 1652 and 1816 are included under the topic Early Towb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Towb Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Towb include Taube, Taub, Towbe, Towb, Toube, Tauble, Daube and others.
Early Notables of the Towb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Towb family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them: Johann Diethrich Taub, who came to Philadelphia in 1761; as well as Georg Taub, who arrived there in 1764.